Prince William's course will include essays and field trips

The Duke of Cambridge's course will involve 18 to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings a week as well as essay assignments and field trips.

The website for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
The website for the programme Credit: The website for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

The bespoke course is run by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, an institution within Cambridge University's School of Technology, which has the Prince of Wales as its patron.

It is expected to give him a grounding for his future role running the Duchy of Cornwall, a portfolio of land, property and investments he will inherit from his father.

The programme does not lead to a formal qualification but is thought to feature continual assessment.

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Prince William to become a full-time student

The Duke of Cambridge is to become a full-time student studying agricultural management for 10 weeks, Kensington Palace has said. William will study rural communities and the farming industry during the course at Cambridge which begins next week.